Backup - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈbækʌp|  American pronunciation of the word backup
Brit.  |ˈbakʌp|  British pronunciation of the word backup

noun

- an accumulation caused by clogging or a stoppage

a traffic backup on the main street
he discovered a backup in the toilet

- someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult) (syn: fill-in, relief, reliever, stand-in, substitute)
- a musical part (vocal or instrumental) that supports or provides background for other musical parts (syn: accompaniment, support)
- (computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device

he made a backup in case the original was accidentally damaged or erased

- the act of providing approval and support (syn: backing, championship, patronage)

Examples

His role on the team is to be a backup to the regular quarterback.

We have an extra radio as a backup in case this one doesn't work.

We have an extra radio for backup.

He provides backup for the regular quarterback.

She sang backup on his CD.

I've taken new wheels as a backup in case something happens to my bike.

I've got my mother as a backup in case the babysitter cancels.

Always have a backup plan.

Make a backup of any work you do on the computer.

Army units can only operate if they have sufficient backup.

They will call for police backup if necessary.

a traffic backup on the main street

he discovered a backup in the toilet

he made a backup in case the original was accidentally damaged or erased

The police radioed for backup.

Word forms

noun
singular: backup
plural: backups
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